Borussia Dortmund has taken a big step towards the Champions League round of 16. On the 4th matchday of the group stage, BVB beat Club Bruges 3-0 (2-0) – above all thanks to Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho (the highlights in the video).
One point against Lazio Rome next Wednesday (9 p.m.) would certainly be enough for Favre’s team to make it into the round of 16, a win even to win the group.
“We brought in good characters who consistently pull through on the pitch and do not back off,” said goalkeeper Roman Bürki after the final whistle DAZN: “And Erling is an outstanding player at the front who makes things easy. Nobody talks about mentality anymore. Now we want to win the group.”
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BVB – Club Bruges: The analysis
Favre rotated vigorously after the 5: 2 against Hertha. Witsel, Can, Dahoud, Brandt and Reus made way for Delaney, Bellingham, Reyna, Hazard and Sancho. The BVB coach only stuck to Haaland in the offensive area. That should pay off early, because the Norwegian continued against the low but error-prone Belgians where he left off in Berlin.
In the 2nd minute he fired his first dangerous shot on goal, in the 18th his second. He also sat because Haaland cleverly maneuvered the ball past the Bruges goalkeeper Mignolet into the short corner after a great pass from Sancho.
The leadership gave the hosts stability and self-confidence. The underdog, who mostly ran after them, only rarely managed to get into the Dortmund danger zone. Except for a shot from Vormer in the 23rd minute, BVB keeper Bürki got nothing to do. With the half-time whistle, the freer than last played Sancho increased to 2-0 with a directly converted free kick.
After changing sides, the Favre-Elf shifted down a few gears – probably also with a view to the Bundesliga game against Cologne on Saturday. The guests penetrated the last third of Dortmund over and over again, but Bürki remained unemployed thanks to his concentrated defending front people.
And in front? The insatiable Haaland still didn’t have enough. With strong support from Bruges captain Vormer, he managed the double (60th). Favre used the rest of the season for many changes. The 16-year-old boy wonder Moukoko was denied a debut in the Champions League.
BVB – Club Bruges: The lineups
- Borussia Dortmund: Bürki – Meunier (73. Morey), Akanj, Hummels, Guerrero (80. Passlack) – Delaney (72. Can), Bellingham – Sancho, Reyna (81. Brandt), Hazard – Haaland (81. Reus).
- Club Bruges: Mignolet – Mata, Kossounou, Deli, de Ketelaere – Balanta (52. Zipper) – Long (74. Writers), Vormer, Vanaken, Diatta (74. Okereke) – Krmencik (66. Badji).
Champions League: The table of Group F
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BVB – Club Bruges: The dates of the game
Tore: 1: 0 Haaland (18.), 2: 0 Sancho (45.), 3: 0 Haaland (60.)
- Dortmund wins its fifth home game in the Champions League in a row, the best run since September 2012 and October 2013 (then seven home wins in a row).
- Haaland is the first player to score six goals in a CL group stage for Dortmund.
- Sancho is the first Englishman since Beckham (October 2005 with Real Madrid against Rosenborg) to score a direct free kick for a non-English team.
The star of the game: Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)
A clever template, a wonderful goal: Sancho was only involved in two goals in a game for the second time in his young Champions League career. Apart from that, the 20-year-old offered himself again and again and set many dangerous accents on the left wing of Dortmund. Good news for Favre, as Sancho seemed absent and far from his best form in the past few weeks.
The flop of the game: Ruud Vormer (Club Brugge)
The captain of the Belgians was emblematic of the guests’ appearance, which was anything but Champions League suitable. Vormer had no access to midfield at all, he only fought four tackles in 90 minutes. The low point: his template for the actually offside Haaland for the third Dortmund goal.
The referee: Ivan Kruzliak (Slovakia)
The Slovakian referee did not owe anything in the largely fair encounter (only a yellow card for Bruges Rits after a tough attack against Guerreiro).